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  • Seminar
  • BPL - Mattapan Branch
  • Adult (18+)

Building Humans on the Page

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  • $0.00 Non-Member
  • $0.00 Member

Class Description

For many new writers, character creation begins and ends at the surface level. We can describe a character’s eye color, hair color, skin color, and height. We know what her laugh sounds like, which leg he limps on, that she lisps the word snake, that he has a scar bisecting his right eyebrow (and it is almost always the right eyebrow). But while such vivid physical descriptions help readers imagine our characters (and some of the best ones may even help us recall them fondly years later), by focusing on the surface level alone, we have not created characters, but a Pepper, a robot created by the Softbank Corp. and described by its CEO Masayoshi Son as “affectionate robots that can make people smile.” So how do we turn our “affectionate robots” and turn them into characters? By digging beneath the shiny surface layer to choose the right nuts and bolts to bring our androids to life.

Families welcome. Coffee and snacks provided. Teens are welcome to attend with an older relative. We will provide simple activities to keep young children occupied.

Who Should Register?

Write Down the Street has a special focus on making the creative writing workshop more accessible to those who have been underrepresented in it due to cost, racism, immigration status, language access, lack of access to transportation, and other barriers. We believe that these voices must be spotlighted with the range and fullness they deserve.

These programs are offered tuition-free thanks to the support of generous donors who are committed to our mission of ensuring all voices are heard.

Scholarships Format/Location

Thanks to the excellent literary citizenship of our donors, scholarships are available for all GrubStreet classes. To apply, click the gray "APPLY FOR SCHOLARSHIP" button. In order to be considered for a scholarship, you must complete your application at least one week before the start date of a class. Please await our scholarship committee's decision before registering for the class. We cannot hold spots in classes, so the sooner you apply, the better. Scholarships cannot be applied retroactively.

For more detailed information about GrubStreet scholarships, including how to contribute to scholarship funds for other students, click here.